What is Security in the World?

This is a card-based discussion activity. It relates different views of real-world security incidents to participants' own values and experiences.

Why should I run this workshop?

The push to improve security is everywhere these days, and the pressure on developers to do more about it is strong.

However, it’s not a natural thing to contemplate how a product or service may be compromised or breached, and developers need support to reason about cyber security risks.

This workshop creates a safe space for participants to talk with each other about what security means in their software development context and why it is important.

When can it be used?

  • Lunchtime
  • Induction
  • Away days

To run this workshop, you need:

  • Between 60 and 90 minutes;
  • Groups of 3-6 people: programmers and testers, and if possible product managers and team leaders;
  • Preferably, a facilitator for every three groups; and
  • Printed sets of instructions, stories and cards.
Security in the World

Lopez, T., Weir, C., Tun, T., Cooper, H., Bandara, A., Levine, M., Nuseibeh, B. and Sharp, H. (2020) ‘Security in the World’, figshare [Online]. DOI: 10.21954/ou.rd.12205712 (Accessed Day Month Year).